Episode 182: Jim Lutes

February 22, 2009 · Print This Article

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This week: Duncan and Richard talk to artist, professor and musician Jim Lutes about his work, his career, and his recent show at the Renaissance Society.

“Chicago-based painter Jim Lutes is often considered heir to the Imagist tradition. This, however, is only part of the story. Having come to artistic maturity in the late 1970s, Lutes exemplifies a larger and more complex historical narrative that entails the emergence of figuration and regionalism under the declining influence of Abstract Expressionism. This would be born out over several bodies of work in which Lutes would vacillate beween a populist mode of figuration and a painterly abstraction, the combination of which produced a style along the lines of Picasso in the 1930s or Guston in the 1970s.”
Renaissance Society
Jim Lutes
Tiny Hairs
A Survey
School of the Art Institute
Abstract Expressionism
Pop Art
Ed Ruscha
Robert Arneson
Peter Voulkos
Gaylen Hansen
Marcia Tucker
“Bad” Painting
William Wiley
Robert Hudson
Whitney Biennial 1987
David Salle
Jerry Saltz
Illinois State University
Jim Yood
Barbara Rossi
Jim Nutt
Judy Ledgerwood
Gaylen Gerber
egg tempera paint
Lester Young
Valerie Carberry Gallery
Richard Carr
Hancock Building

4 thoughts on “Episode 182: Jim Lutes”

  1. Perhaps an ongoing conversation about colonization…refer to BAS episode 82 @ 51 min. Nice to hear from experienced tea dumpers…

  2. amytalluto says:

    Thanks for a great interview. I didn’t know this artist, but I love the work – really deep, thoughtful and complicated and moody.

  3. Nice to hear Richard “on-mic” once again. I hope you continue to interview more. But be nicer to Duncan; he’s a hard-working BaSer!

  4. Richard says:

    What! When did he by you off! Clearly you don’t spend as much time with him as I do, he deserves what he gets!

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